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The Hurricanes had a good month in January, then the city of Raleigh shined during the All-Star weekend. Things were looking good for the team as they headed into a very tough month of February. First up on Tuesday night was the Northeast-leading Bruins, who had won the last two games between the teams.
It was a hard-fought game in front of an excellent weeknight crowd of 18,000. Unfortunately, Carolina was unable to earn even a consolation point. The Bruins skated out of there with a 3-2 regulation win. Meanwhile, the Thrashers were beaten by the Islanders, which left the back door open. They’ll have to wait until Thursday night for another chance to creep inside the playoff picture. The Thrashers will be at home against Calgary while the Hurricanes are in Toronto. Following that, Atlanta and Carolina meet up for a “four point game” in Raleigh on Saturday.
On Sunday night, the Hurricanes had a chance to eliminate the Bruins and advance to the Eastern finals. The Bruins had other plans. They played their best game of the series by far and beat the Canes 4-0. Phil Kessel had two goals and Tim Thomas stopped all 19 shots he faced. The series now stands 3-2 Carolina, and the Canes will have a chance to win it at home on Tuesday.
I expected a good game from the Bruins. I even kind of expected them to win this game. I did not expect this.
After the game was out of hand, Carolina lost their composure and committed twelve penalties in the third including six in the last three minutes. Of course the Bruins committed nine of their own in the third and most of them were matching. This is not the kind of thing that Carolina fans wanted to see.
The Canes and Bruins opened their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Friday, and it was a solid victory for Boston. Just as the Devils did in game one of the first round, the Bruins won game one 4-1. The Bruins have won all five postseason games, and none of them have been close.
David Krejci started things off for the home team at 1:34, tipping a right point blast from Aaron Ward. Michael Ryder got the secondary assist. To me, it looked like Ward’s goal. However, they determined that it was touched by Krejci in the slot, and he gets the credit….